Special Field Orders #15

(proper noun) On January 12, 1865, U.S. Secretary of War Edwin Stanton and General Wm. T. Sherman met in Savannah with 20 leaders from Savannah’s African-American churches, including Garrison Frazier, Ulysses L. Houston, and William Campbell. The meeting resulted in Sherman’s issue of Special Field Orders No.15, which encouraged the enlistment of freedmen and also reserved coastal land from Charleston south to Florida’s St. Johns River for settlement by freed families in 40-acre tracts. After President Lincoln’s death, President Andrew Johnson revoked Special Field Orders No.15.

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